Colonel (Retd) John Doody

Industry Expert, British Computer Society

John Doody is Director of Interlocutor Services Limited, a company established in 2003 to promote Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues both nationally and internationally, the company offers a range of services including Marketing, Communications, Public Speaking, Strategy Reviews, Information Assurance and Information Technology, these services are geared to the strategic level within government and industry. Prior to this John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services. He has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Information Assurance and Cyber Security. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. He also has a major role as a Non Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years to the rank of Colonel.  He is a qualified engineer and has held a number of strategic engineering appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence including system support to PTARMIGAN and WAVELL, the army’s tactical communication and CIS systems, Director in the Procurement Executive as Project Manager for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL. John  has worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation.  John has chaired many international committees dealing with Information Assurance, communications and interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Information Assurance and Cyber Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given many talks on Cyber Information Assurance. He has delivered over 100 papers on Security.  He is a past President and Vice-President of AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and served as a Member at large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. He is also a member of the BCS Community of Security Expertise.

John is well know in the Cyber and Information Assurance domain having had 59 years’ experience in defence, government and industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cyber and Information Assurance debate.

He is a committed Cyber Security Evangelist

He was recently elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.

Keynote speaker

Geoff White

Author Of The Dark Web ,

Ever wondered how the latest developments in technology are affecting our world? Geoff White has. He dives deep into these issues as an accomplished keynote speaker and prolific writer, having spoken on panels and chaired debates at venues ranging from London's Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival. His reports for Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 4 aim to create real-world change, with a particular focus on e-crime and cybersecurity: his words have brought about arrests, regulatory investigations and legislative action. Geoff also created the Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online identity to expose how our personal data is being used - and abused - online. He recently completed a 10-part series delving into the shadow dark web economy that feeds on stolen personal data, hacked computers and corporate incompetence. He is also the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which shows how the global technology industry is harvesting the data leaking from your handset.

Keynote speaker

Brett Johnson

The Original Internet Godfather , Former United States Most Wanted

Former United States Most Wanted, Brett GOllumfun Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as The Original Internet Godfather has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. Mr Johnson founded and was leader of one of the first darknet markets, ShadowCrew, and was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud, helping design, implement, and refine modern Identity Theft, ATO fraud, Card Not Present fraud, IRS Tax Fraud, and countless other social engineering attacks, breaches, and hacking operations.

Upon his capture, the United States Secret Service promptly hired Mr Johnson. Brett worked with the USSS for almost a year before going on a cross country crime spree, making the US Most Wanted List, being captured, sent to prison, escaping prison, being captured again, and finally accepting responsibility for his actions.

Today, Brett consults with fortune 500 companies, cybersecurity firms, financial organizations, law enforcement, and others. He speaks frequently regarding his experience and knowledge of cybercrime in order to help other stay safe online. Brett is unique in that he offers a viewpoint and understanding of cybercrime which is unavailable anywhere else on the planet.


Jennie Williams


TITAN has the responsibility of protecting the communities in the North West from serious organised crime, including Cyber Crime.

Jennie regularly talks to businesses and the public, across the Region about the current cyber threat landscape, the UK Cyber Strategy, and cases the TITAN Cyber team have worked on. She provides common sense advice around what businesses and the public can do to protect themselves against a cyber-attack”.

Keynote speaker

Femi Owolade-Coombes

Hackerfemo has been coding since he was nine years old. After learning to hack Minecraft using Python on the Raspberry Pi computer, he decided to set up South London Raspberry Jam – to share his passion for coding with other young people. Three years on, Femi has run hundreds of coding and robot workshops across the UK and internationally. The community events he runs, with other volunteers, have been praised for being pioneering as they are fully inclusive and welcome young people who have autism or, like him, Tourette’s Syndrome. In 2017, he won an Inaugural Legacy Diana Award for his kindness, compassion and duty to the community. Femi has successfully set up his own business,, delivering workshops  and inspirational talks to corporate companies and public organisations, whilst continuing his community work.  He has been recognised as a ‘Change- enabler’,  an inspirational young coding ambassador and has presented keynote speeches at Industry events such as the Red Hat Summit  in San Francisco earlier in the year. More recently he has been awarded a Point of Light award from the Prime Minister, Theresa May  “in recognition of your exceptional service training young people in digit skills”

Femi’s  present initiative is his most ambitious; with other young coders, he aims to develop an inclusive  Young Coders community, running monthly youth-led coding MeetUps, partnering with Tech Industry professionals and overseeing an outreach programme to increase accessibility for under-represented groups. He has set up a crowd-fund campaign using, to raise £25,000 in order to have the maximum reach. 

Femi has also begun to hone in on Cybersecuirty and the impact of technology on Generation Z, as his specialist interest, after being welcomed by the Cybersecurity community in London and a two day visit to PwC’s Cybersecurity  division  and being given the opportunity to shadow their  Pen-testers. He’s also been commissioned to work on  a Cybersecurity and awareness raising initiative - to be launched both here in the UK and the US. Femi is very excited about the year ahead and sharing his experience with others through his website, developing  Cybersecuirty workshops and podcasts to inform his peers  but also to sharing with the industry – how young  people are experiencing technology themselves.

Keynote speaker

Neira Jones

Independant Advisor & International Speaker, Cyber Risk & Information Security Specialist

Neira advises organisations of all sizes on payments, fintech, regtech, cybercrime, information security, regulations (e.g. PSD2, GDPR, AML) and digital innovation. More than 20 years in financial services and technology made her believe in change through innovation & partnerships. She always strives to demystify the hype surrounding current issues and also enjoys her work as an expert witness on all matters payment security. She likes engaging on social media and regularly addresses global audiences as a keynote speaker or chair person. She is a Non-Executive Director for Nasdaq-listed cyber security firm Cognosec and chairs the Advisory Board for mobile innovator Ensygnia. She is also a proud partner of the international Global Cyber Alliance, focusing on DMARC and DNS security, and an Ambassador for the Emerging Payments Association. You'll find her on the Thomsons Reuters UK’s top 30 social influencers in risk, compliance and regtech #TRRiskUK30 2017, The Planet Compliance Top 50 RegTech Influencers, the Jax Finance Top 20 Social Influencers in Fintech 2017, the City AM Powerful Women in the City List, the Richtopia Top 100 Most Influential People in Fintech and many others. Tripwire nominated her "Top Influencer in Security To Follow on Twitter" in January 2015, CEOWorld Magazine nominated her Top Chief Security Officer to Follow on Twitter in April 2014, she is the Merchant Payments Ecosystem Acquiring Personality of the Year 2013, the SC Magazine Information Security Person of the Year 2012 and is an InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame alumni since 2011. She was voted to the Top 10 Most Influential People in Information Security by SC Magazine & ISC2 in 2010 and has served on the PCI SSC Board of Advisors for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Neira has previously worked for Barclaycard, Santander, Abbey National, Oracle Corp. and Unisys. Her clients span industry sectors, including financial services, fintech, retail, legal, consulting, information security and technology.

Follow her on twitter @neirajones or Linkedin


Stu Hirst

Head Of Security Engineering, Photobox

Stu is currently the Head Of Security Engineering at Photobox Group (which includes Moonpig, PosterXXL and Hofmann).

He was instrumental in building Skyscanner’s Security team from 2015-2017, having led them to the final of SC Magazine’s Security Team Of The Year 2017.

He has previously worked in security at The Trainline and was part of the Cyber Leadership Team at Capital One UK.

He has twice been nominated as a finalist for Cyber Evangelist Of The Year at the Scottish Cyber Awards and runs one of Scotland’s leading Tech Meet Ups; Security Scotland.

Stu has appeared at numerous leading Security events such as InfoSec Europe, Cloud Expo Europe and Future Of Cyber Security.


Twitter: @StuHirstinfosec


Bea Gully

Senior Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace

Based in Castlefield, Bea Gully joined Darktrace in summer 2015, to develop the Northern sales.  Bea’s experience is predominately in Networking and security, previously working alongside Pentesters to discuss how to best secure clients networks.  Bea specialises in working with organisations across England and Scotland, within banking, telecommunications, Retail and Ecommerce.  


Tony Drewitt

Managing Director, IT Governance

Tony is a member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) and has acted as the technical expert on BS25999 for a UKAS accredited certification body.

Tony Drewitt holds the Managing Director position at IT Governance since September 2017. Previously, Tony has been an operational risk and business continuity management practitioner since 2001, delivering risk management and BCM systems for a wide range of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

He is one of the first BCM consultants to support a client in achieving registration under BS25999-2, the former business continuity management standard. Tony has also written two books on this standard and delivered the IT Governance BS25999 Masterclass and Foundation courses, helping a wide variety of organisations to understand the standard and develop BCM systems that meet its requirements.

More recently, Tony has worked on developing BCM systems designed to meet the requirements of the new international standard for business continuity management - ISO22301. He is the author of the books: A manager’s Guide to ISO22301, ISO22301: A Pocket Guide and Everything You Want to Know About Business Continuity.




Etienne Greeff

CTO and Founder, SecureData

Etienne is one of the early pioneers of the information security industry. He has spent over 20 years promoting the innovative use of technology and services to solve complex customer issues: founding, growing and successfully exiting a number of information security businesses. As CTO of SecureData, Etienne is passionate about cementing its status as a complete security services provider. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa with a BSc in Electrical Engineering.

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